What was in the tombs?

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Overnight train to Cairo last night, still feeling stiff and tired. Today we went to the Egyptian Museum, to see the relics that were rescued from the various tombs (mostly in Luxour) that were not comprehensively robbed, with about 100 000 items. The museum was pretty interesting, but I am very tired at the moment.

The highlight was the Tutanhkamoun exhibition, even though he was a young and insignificant pharaoh who only ruled for nine years (dying at 18). His was the only tomb to be discovered intact so it is the only measure of the true glory of the Pharoahs - we saw his magnificent solid-gold death mask, his gold sarcophagus's, four golden shrines and 1700 other items buried with him (including multiple beds, jewels, statues, very decadent).

The other thing that was quite interesting where the mummies, there are eight in the museum (not Tutanhkamoun's though, they left his in his tomb - rather odd, if it is a sign of respect, then they missed the point, because the reason of hiding the tombs was to keep the body with all the stuff for them to use in the afterlife), including Ramsess II. Ramsess' tomb would have been amazing to see before it was robbed, considering the glory of young Tutanhkamoun, I can only imagine the riches that would have been buried with one of the most powerful Pharoahs, one who built hundreds of temples, had 400 wives and lived until he was 98. His mummy was small and withered, still with wisps of hair. We also saw animal mummies, giant crocodiles, cats, dogs, chickens, monkeys, antelope and so forth. Oddly enough, the British aristocracy used to have mummy unwrapping parties. They would purchase a mummy that had been raided from a tomb, invite all their friends over for a dinner party, and then retire to the parlour to unwrap the mummy together.

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